I hope all of you have had a great week and you’ve had the opportunity to encourage someone or share the good news of the gospel. It has been a wonderful week for me and I am so blessed. The week started off great and ended great. The only negative part was being without my wife since Thursday morning. She is at the Women of Joy conference in Pigeon Forge and is obviously being blessed as well.
The week started with a very simple sermon by Jim Warren which he entitled “Using Your Yesterdays” and as you can see that is the title of today’s post. It had a significant impact on me and I have dwelt on it all week long. His message came from 2nd Corinthians, chapter 1, verses 3-5. To paraphrase what Paul says goes something like this; “God the Father is full of mercy and the giver of all comfort. He comforts us in our time of trouble so that we can comfort others in the same way that He comforts us.” What an amazing thought and admonition! So, those times we have suffered with whatever troubles we had and God comforted us so that we could bear the trial, it was, in part, for the purpose of preparing us to comfort others the same way He did for us. Comfort comes in many forms. Sometimes it is a word of encouragement. Sometimes it is just listening. But most of the time it is just being there, even if no words are spoken, that brings the comfort needed. What an awesome God we serve that He would allow us to be a part of what He wants to do in the lives of those around us. God help me to not miss those opportunities!
On Sunday night our quartet, Reassurance, had the opportunity to visit with the saints at Mount Moriah Baptist Church and share our ministry with them. We were well received and they were very gracious. I love being around God’s people. Especially in small settings where people are willing to share their hearts whether it be a praise or a problem. I hope that God used us to uplift and encourage those who needed it, to comfort those who were hurting, to reassure everyone there that God is still in control but, most of all, that Jesus loves them and gave Himself so that we could have eternal life if we place our faith and trust in Him. Thank you so much Brother Scot for having us!
The week has ended with a great bible study this morning in the 2nd chapter of John and with a group of men that I am coming to know and love as brothers in Christ. Some I knew before but others are new friends and I am so encouraged by their stories and personal testimonies. It is so apparent when we get together that the phrase “iron sharpens iron” has real meaning to it. The more in-depth we look at God’s word the more hungry I get to learn about and love Him more. I guess that is what is meant by being sanctified on a continuing basis. I just know that I need what His word has to offer. I need what other brothers have to share. I need the encouragement. I need the accountability. Thank you Bob for your word this morning!
If it gets any better this coming week I’ll have to clone myself to take it all in. But I do realize it is a mountaintop experience right now and I could just as easily be down in a valley. But thanks be to God, that wherever I am He is there!
I hope each of you have a wonderful week and that God richly blesses in all sorts of ways.